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The Arable Conference and Technical Seminars in association with De Lacy Executive, agriculture's recruitment specialists, features debates, panel sessions and seminars aimed at sharing the latest research, understanding and arguments.
A series of in-depth technical seminars provide valuable advice, hints and tips from the experts on practical issues currently challenging arable farmers. The short 30 minute format pushes speakers to condense content and deliver powerful presentations rich in content.
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Wednesday 14th June
Brexit, what does the future hold?
A panel session on Brexit, looking at what might be in store as 2020 looms closer. Speakers are set to include the Secretary of State and NFU president Meurig Raymond as well as David Caffall, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Industries Confederation. A later panel debate will consider how to Brexit-proof arable businesses.
Pre-harvest use of glyphosate should be banned
Nick Mole (Pesticide Action Network) and Steven Jacobs (Organic Farmers and Growers innovation director) is set to take on Guy Smith, NFU Vice President and Sean Sparling, AICC Chairman in a lively debate on the pre-harvest use of glyphosate.
Farming without glyphosate, the reality
This technical seminar will look at one of the hottest topics in arable production at the moment – glyphosate. As concern grows for the future of glyphosate and its role within British agriculture, Liz Bowles Head of Farming at the Soil Association and agricultural contractor, James Alexander, will be discussing how farmers can manage without it. An earlier session will also debate whether pre-harvest use of glyphosate should be banned.
Is arable production sustainable without livestock
Livestock and arable production have become increasingly specialised and detached in recent years. However, many farmers are now returning livestock to the enterprise mix, with benefits including organic manure, spreading labour and diluting market risk. In this technical seminar the National Sheep Association and Hertfordshire farmer Robert Law will consider whether arable farming is sustainable in the longer term without a livestock enterprise.
Agroforestry to improve your land productivity
Leaving the EU provides the opportunity to shape a new UK land use policy, with trees (and woods) at its core, embracing environmental as well as sustainable food production. David Rose of Home Farm in Screveton created a silvo-arable scheme compromising rows of apple trees within his arable rotation in a bid to nourish his soil, improve crop yield, attract pollinators, encourage local wildlife and create an additional source of produce. David will be sharing his experiences of agroforestry and taking questions, alongside Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation John Tucker.
Thursday 15th June
Innovations in plant breeding hold the key for feeding the world
A discussion hosting a variety of expert panellists including Bill Clark (NIAB), Charlie Baxter (Syngenta) and Professor Mike Bevan (John Innes Centre). Crop breeders continue to push the boundaries of yield, disease resistance and nutritional quality – so what does this mean for UK and global agriculture?
Is intercropping the future?
From increasing yields to lowering inputs, intercropping holds a variety of benefits. Chaired by Clive Bailye (The Farming Forum), De Lacy Executive will be looking at whether intercropping is the future of arable farming and with organic producer, John Pawsey confirmed as speaker, visitors are set for thought provoking discussion.
Crop nutrition - balancing input costs and yield
This technical seminar will see Yara debate various methods of reducing costs as well as looking at crop nutrition and yield. Nobody wants to waste fertiliser and throw money down the drain, but with margins under constant pressure it’s vital to maximise crop yield – so where does the balance lie?